Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is back with a new look, bringing with it a unique mix of readings, discussion, music and chat. This year the Festival will explore themes and ideas that have been preoccupying all of us through the words of some of our finest writers – novelists, poets, musicians and non-fiction writers. As always we will cater to our younger readers with a range of readings and draw-alongs for schools and families.
Our inaugural A Way with Words event sees the award winning, best-selling author Joseph O’Connor reading and responding to Mountains to Sea Festival themes for 2018. He will be joined by Philip King and the legendary Scullion.
In our Cities and Stories strand, novelists and poets share their insights into the places and journeys that have shaped them and their writing. Novelists John Banville, Jennifer Johnston, James Kelman, Ali Smith and Alice McDermott will all make appearances. Meanwhile Gail Honeyman will join us with her sensational Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and American Laureate Robert Pinsky will chat to Olivia O’Leary about his particular take on the state of his beloved US and the importance of poetry in all of our lives.
Present Tense, our non-fiction strand, opens with International Women’s Day on March 11th. A highlight of the day will see Vincent Browne hosting award winning foreign correspondent Maggie O’Kane for a discussion about her life and work on the frontline. During the festival itself we will cover topical issues including democracy, the housing crisis and history. We are delighted to welcome international human rights activist and author Dr Angela Davis.
In our family and schools programme Scientist Barry Fitzgerald explores the world of Superheroes, environmentalist Nicola Davies take us under the sea and Sophy Henn opens the very young up to world of colour and courage. Atinuke takes us home to Nigeria and into the wonderful world of Anna Hibiscus and the always intriguing Dave Rudden pays a return visit with his new book – again hot off the presses. Marie Louise Fitzpatrick and Michael Emberly lead everyone in a family draw along on Sunday morning.